Teton County

JACKSON  – Soon after Michele Voorhees pulled the trigger, she realized something was up. It was Sept. 16 and Voorhees, 58, was out hunting in Granite Creek with her niece when they saw a mule deer grazing just across the creek. She pulled the trigger and hit the buck in the lungs. But when the...
JACKSON — Two years after pledging to go net-zero by 2030, the town of Jackson is working on a plan to get itself there. At the same time, town officials hope to develop plans to reduce air pollutants, protect water quality and native species, and identify parts of the community that are vulnerable...

This photo shows a mountain goat that later dropped his head and actively displaced bighorn sheep at a high-elevation snow patch in Glacier National Park in Montana. Joel Berger, a wildlife researcher from Colorado State University, found that mountain goats displace bighorn sheep 95% of the time when there are salt licks involved. In the Tetons, wildlife managers have worked to rid the landscape of non-native goats to prevent competition with sheep.  Photo courtesy of Forest P. Hayes.

JACKSON —It doesn’t take much to get a mountain goat’s goat. They go from “passive to aggressive really fast,” said Joel Berger, the Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair of Wildlife Conservation at Colorado State University. One of Berger’s recent studies found that in high alpine environments in...
JACKSON (WNE) — It seems like just yesterday that a teenage Peter Neal was in the Jackson Hole news for placing at national Nordic skiing races and track meets and for advocating for a successful environmental initiative on behalf of his late brother, Willie Neal. This week, the now-25-year-old...
JACKSON – The geodomes are up, but local public land and water advocates are more concerned about a different development in the use of state lands. While Meghan Quinn, director of Protect Our Water Jackson Hole, is disappointed that Teton County has not taken more actions to prevent the glamping...
JACKSON —Republican Jim McCollum was floored. Sitting in a booth at Sidewinders American Grill around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, he was staring incredulously at his phone when the News&Guide approached. He not only lost his race against Democrat Mike Yin, he received fewer votes in the general...
JACKSON — Town councilors are attempting to leverage a public alley currently eyed by a hotel and residential developer for more affordable housing. Brad Wagstaff, of Midway, Utah, wants to scoop up a 10,000-square-foot alley that connects Mercill Avenue to Perry Street, bisecting a full block at...
CHEYENNE —As Tuesday’s general election rapidly approaches, Rep. Dan Zwonitzer said the Wyoming Legislature can’t afford any more ultraconservative ideologues who don’t understand the complexities of writing law. Yet that possibility exists.  The Cheyenne Republican has served in the state House of...

Biologist Cody Pitz loads a large beaver into the bed of the Wyoming Wetlands Society truck before transporting it, along with eight others, to Game Creek for release. “With climate change and the risks we’re seeing with more extreme drought and extreme temperatures," Pitz said. "Beavers can do a lot of things that are really beneficial.” Photo by Kathryn Ziesig, Jackson Hole News&Guide. 

 
JACKSON —As Cody Pitz picked up the cage, the small, toothy rodent giving him the stink eye inside emitted a noticeable “pffft.” After months of working with beavers, the sound caught Pitz’s ear. “The other thing they do as a defense mechanism is they fart really loudly,” said Pitz, the biologist...
JACKSON —As temperatures drop, Teton County is seeing heightened numbers of unhoused residents being cited for trespassing. In response, officials are essentially exporting the valley’s homeless problem. In the last two weeks, Jackson police have received 12 calls about people facing homelessness....

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